La Romana Destination


La Romana is a great vacation destination in the Dominican Republic. Situated in the South-East of the Dominican Republic it boasts the gorgeous coastline on the Caribbean Sea. Famous for it's diving and excursions to the infamous Saona Island it is a great destination for families and couples alike. The La Romana Airport and Cruise Port make this destination easily accessible for tourists and travellers. For those flying in from Punta Cana or Santo Domingo - La Romana is only a short ride away.


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La Romana City

La Romana is a buzzing city with gorgeous churches and offers tourists a chance to see what real Dominican life entails. The busy streets are full of motoconchos (motorbike taxi's) and gua guas (mini bus taxi's) bringing people to and from where they need to be. A local market is worth the visit and there are various restaurants with local and international cuisine.



Bayahibe

Bayahibe is famous for being the starting point of the excursions to Saona Island. This charming little fishing town is filled with friendly local and international people going about their days in this typical beach town. Gorgeous views from the Punta during sunsets are not to be missed.

Bayahibe is the place to be for excursions and activities ranging from Diving with ScubaFun for example to visits to Saona Island with SeavisTours, watersport activities like paddle boarding with Bayahibe SUP and lots more. Bordering the National Park of the East, you are sure to find some hidden treasures like freshwater caves and the river Chavon is a breathtaking valley famous for it's features in blockbuster movies like Jurassic Park and Rambo to name a few. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants overlooking the incredible crystal water of the Caribbean Sea.

There are many hotels in Bayahibe, one of the favourites - Hotel Villa Iguana, to suit any traveller as well as an all inclusive resort situated right beside the public beach.



Saona Island

The number 1 attraction in the Dominican Republic. This gorgeous island boasts endless white sand beaches with only palm trees as shade.

Mano Juan is the only village on Saona Island and also houses a Sea Turtle Conservation Project where visitors (when lucky) get to come up close with some of the world's most endangered sea turtles.

Piscina Natural is another major attraction on the way to Saona Island. This large sandbank offers visitors a chance to stand knee-deep in the Caribbean Sea with some of the most incredible views of a coast lined with palm trees and the clearest water the Caribbean has to offer. Don't forget to look for the starfish but please respect the wildlife.

Canto de la Playa is the final beach on Saona Island as well as the most pristine, don't expect bathrooms and beach beds rather expect a long white sandy beach with only palm trees as shade with amazing turquoise water and a chance to snorkel right off the beach.

Saona Island is only accessible by boat or helicopter. Many excursion companies offer excursions with speedboats or catamarans in various languages.



Casa de Campo

Casa de Campo is the home of the rich and famous. Many celebrities have vacation homes in the famous residence. Visitors can get a day pass and enjoy the beach and the many restaurants in the marina. Walk along the marina to see the impressive private yachts and get a taste of the good life. Altos de Chavon lies within Casa de Campo. This re-make of a middle aged Mediterranean village boasts gorgeous views of the Chavon River valley.



Chavon River Valley

The Chavon River valley really is something incredible. Not many visitors know that the Dominican Republic does not only have paradise beaches but also a luscious rainforest. The Chavon River springs in the mountains in Higuey and the mouth of the river is right at the southern part of the La Romana city. To explore the valley visitors often choose to do a jungle excursion with Tanama Jungle Ranch and for canopy tours in the tree tops the Wild Ranch has just the right atmosphere.



Dominicus

Dominicus is only 10 minutes away from Bayahibe. This little town has 5 all inclusive resorts that offer a comfortable stay for all visitors. Dominicus has charming restaurants and also a great Casino / Nightclub for those who want to try their luck.



Boca de Yuma

Boca de Yuma is situated on the East side of the national park. A great place for a typical Dominican lunch at Hotel Restaurant Don Bienve on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. One of the major attractions here is the little boat ride up the river with a guide that tells you a bit of the pirate history.



Cumayasa

This location has a minimal number of inhabitants, it is a dry area. The residents live primarily off angling, producing and also offering carbon and breeding goats, pigs as well as mules. They continue to live like their Taino forefathers, utilizing the exact same recipes that have actually been in usage for centuries.

This special area has many hidden caves for those adventurous enough to go exploring. Canopy Ziplining though this area with Cumayasa Sky Adventures is a major attraction for visitors.


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Top 10 Must Do's in Bayahibe

  1. Go to Saona Island (duh)
  2. Try out diving or if you are already certified - go diving
  3. Go and have a beer at the Colmado
  4. Have a sundowner at Saona Cafe or Chiky Blu
  5. Take a walk to the "Punta" (we'll show you how to get there)
  6. Go snorkeling at Magallanes
  7. Try the Chicken Curry at Cafecito Lonza
  8. Visit the cave El Chicho
  9. Visit Tanama Jungle Ranch
  10. Make friends with the locals and local internationals